While the idea of a steam room
is something that many of us in the modern world enjoy the idea
of the steam room itself is not something new. In the olden
days the steam room was known as a sweat lodge. These sweat
lodges were designed primarily to allow various people to
purify themselves before religious ceremonies.
The sweat lodge was
constructed of material like wood or animal hide that would
hold the steam that was released from the hot rocks inside of
the lodge as steam. This steam would build up sufficiently to
cause the inhabitants of the sweat lodge to sweat. This was the
primary reason of the sweat lodge.
When the people had built up a
good amount of sweat they would find that their limbs were
completely relaxed. The sweat helped to purify the body and
ready the body for a state of meditation. To enable this to
occur the sweat lodge would be placed in a location where there
was ample room to build a large sized lodge.
Today the sweat lodge idea is
still used but it is made from modern materials. In many sweat
lodges the primary covering is treated wood. This wood is
pre-cut according to various sizes that may be needed to
construct a sweat lodge.
The sweat lodge is generally
constructed in the basement or just outside of the house and it
is large enough for about five or six people to enjoy the
benefits of the sweat lodge. In the center of the sweat lodge
floor a small stove or gas, electric burner is placed on the
On this stove you will place
good quality Finnish sweat lodge rocks. These rocks will be
medium sized and resistant to the constant heating and cooling
effects of the sweat lodge. The stove heats the rocks up so
they are hot right throughout the time that the sweat lodge is
The rocks are used to heat the
sweat lodge up to a certain temperature. This heat helps the
body to start sweating. To aid this process even more but also
to make sure that the rocks and the sweat lodge are not overly
heated water is ladled over the heat rocks in small
When the water hits the highly
heated rocks there will be a super heated steam mist that will
begin to circulate through the sweat lodge. The combined heat
and water vapor all contributes towards the sweat lodge giving
the inhabitants of this lodge a relaxing feeling.
Additionally there are certain
other benefits that staying in a sweat lodge can give. These
include your skin clearing up of various skin complaints,
losing weight and feeling more energized than before you
started using a sweat lodge.